My New Year’s Resolution for 2018

January 1, 2018

Happy new year, everyone! How did you ring in the new year? Nate and I ended up getting together with a few friends and doing a progressive dinner. We were in charge of appetizers, so we did cheese fondue (thanks for the recipe, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe!) We used baguette, cauliflower, lil’ smokies, pretzel chips, and Granny Smith apple chunks as dippers. It was a success, I think! We also played Codewords and Pit. If you haven’t played either of those…

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Beating the New York Times: My Top 11 Crossword Puzzle Tips

December 1, 2017
nyt crossword

Alright, major nerd alert—I’m a total crossword puzzle geek! On a regular Saturday afternoon or during a break at work, you can probably find me working on a crossword puzzle. In pen. I like to hold it over Nate that I can finish one faster than he can 🙂 I wouldn’t say I’m a crossword master or anything (notice that my crossword puzzle book says “easy” puzzles haha), but I do get a lot of questions from people on how to…

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Walter Mitty Clementine Cake (Plus My Own Clementine Glaze Recipe!)

November 15, 2017
walter mitty clementine cake

I tried making this cake for the first time a few years ago when The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came out, and I’ve been meaning to share it here on the blog ever since! I fell in love with this cake when I first saw it in the movie, and when I looked up the recipe, I was impressed by how unique it is! First, no flour. The closest thing to flour in this cake is almond meal. Good news…

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Our Halloween Pineapple

November 1, 2017
carved halloween pineapple

Posting this a little late, but I couldn’t help but share this little Halloween pineapple 🙂 Nate and I couldn’t find a good pumpkin at the grocery store the day before Halloween, so we carved a pineapple instead! So if you’ve ever wondered whether carving a pineapple is actually possible…it is! Here’s a quick how-to in case you’re curious (sorry! didn’t document with step-by-step pictures!) Instead of cutting around the top of the pineapple and scooping out, start by cutting a…

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Chunky Cranberry Coconut Granola

October 1, 2017
chunky cranberry coconut granola

As you may have noticed, I’ve been experimenting with making homemade granola a lot lately. And today, I thought I’d share with you my first successful recipe! It’s loosely based on Minimalist Baker’s Super Chunky Coconut Granola recipe, but I think it’s different and evolved enough that I can post it as my own original recipe. Side note: I’m very pro giving credit where it is due, so you will never see me post a recipe here unless I feel it is…

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Tried & True // Minimalist Baker’s Super Chunky Coconut Granola

August 20, 2017
jar of homemade granola

I’m trying something new on my blog — a column called “Tried & True.” My goal is to try out new and exciting recipes, and as I find ones that I will totally go back to again and again, I’ll add those recipes to the “Tried & True” list. So here is the first installment 🙂 As I mentioned in my last blog post, I’ve been kind of on a homemade granola kick lately and have wanted to master making…

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